Formed from the damming of a stream in the
estate by Robert Adam during his time developing Culzean, the Swan Pond has become
one of the top attractions here, with a picnic area and a children's adventure
However, the main attraction of the pond is the wildlife contained
therein, from amphibians to wildfowl and aquatic mammals. There is a hide at the
northern end of the pond, where it is possible to observe the fauna of the pond
without disturbing them.
are several species of ducks on the pond, alongside the graceful swans, which
have bred successfully here. A large range of frogs and toads can be seen here
as well, and the bat house is home to several rare species of bat, including both
varieties of pipistrel. However, the highlight of the Swan Pond is the resident
population of otters which live here, it's well worth taking to the hide and keeping
a quiet watch for one of these reclusive creatures.
It takes hard work
to keep the pond environment stable to support this range of wildlife, and much
hard work is taken up by the ranger staff to keep the pond in it's present state.
One of the hardest challenges is keeping the water clear from water lilies, which
are liable to take over if not kept in check.
The lilies can affect water
quality by blocking out the sunlight, causing problems for water -based creatures
and thus altering the ecology of the pond. The ingenious solution to this is to
employ a machine like an aquatic lawnmower, which disturbs the roots of the lilies,
keeping them in check.